Ex-Maine GOP gov: White people won't get 'anything to say' if Electoral College is eliminated
February 28, 2019 at 4:48 PM - Views: 92 #30868N2DocParticipant
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Former Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) said Tuesday that eliminating the Electoral College and electing a president based on the national popular vote would thwart the voice of white people.
“Actually what would happen if they do what they say they’re going do, white people will not have anything to say,” LePage, who served as governor from 2011-2019, said on the Maine radio station WVOM. “It’s only going to be the minorities that would elect. It would be California, Texas, Florida.”
The former Republican governor made the comments as he discussed a bill currently being considered in the Maine legislature that would let Maine join other states seeking to bypass the Electoral college and award its electoral votes to the winner of the popular vote.
The state’s Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on the national popular vote bill, which was sponsored by state Sen. Troy Jackson (D), on Friday, according to The Maine Beacon.
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February 28, 2019 at 5:13 PM #30882jwirrParticipant
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Well LaPage get ready to experience what white people have been doing to minorities for centuries. As a white woman I want them to have their say now.
February 28, 2019 at 5:46 PM #30891ColorsoftheRainbowParticipant
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An argument for ending the Electoral College is the fact that the proportional representation is more accurately reflected in the U.S. House; but the U.S. Senate—same numbers, two, goes to each state (regardless of their populations)—get folded into electoral vote allocations.
February 28, 2019 at 6:07 PM #30900game meatParticipant
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It doesn’t matter, no chance this ever happens. Abolishing the electoral college requires a constitutional amendment. Two-thirds vote from both the house and senate? Doable if Dems ever get an overwhelming majority, but best of luck getting the 38 states required to ratify this. Small red states are going to willingly hand over their own power because???
The whole thing seems like an awful lot of trouble when dems could just take the time to campaign in states like Ohio, actually do something about voter suppression, and, oh, I don’t know, maybe implement policies that will be popular with people and improve their lives. No, that’s just crazy talk, I suppose. Much better to complain that the rules of the game aren’t fair and then go on a quixotic quest to alter the rules to your advantage.
February 28, 2019 at 6:09 PM #30902MistaPParticipant
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the one ethnicity that’s spent 19 decades and counting absorbing every immigrant group into its horizon so that it stays a supermajority isn’t gonna suddenly balk at güero Latinos
February 28, 2019 at 6:46 PM #30914SatanParticipant
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Aside from being blatantly racist, LePage’s argument is just plain STUPID…
“It’s only going to be the minorities that would elect. It would be California, Texas, Florida.”
THAT’s your argument, Paul??
Two of those states are right wing Republican. The third one calls Diane Feinstein and Scamala Harris “Democrats”.
Seems to me that the right wing is doing pretty damn well, using your own “logic”, asshole.
"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable". - John F. Kennedy
February 28, 2019 at 7:17 PM #30924rachaelsevenParticipant
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It doesn’t matter, no chance this ever happens. Abolishing the electoral college requires a constitutional amendment.
Actually, that is wrong. The constitution does not specify how each state selects its electors or how those electors vote. So a state law that awards that state’s electors to the winner of the popular vote is perfectly constitutional. The state measure now being proposed specifies that the state shall begin awarding it’s electors that way when states totaling 270 electors have passed the legislation. When that many states have passed the law, it kicks in, and while the electoral college would still technically exist, it would be moot, since the winner of the popular vote would automatically get at least 270 and therefore win.
February 28, 2019 at 7:58 PM #30957game meatParticipant
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That method runs into the same hurdle in a different way. Swing states and red states have no incentive to do this and you need some to get to 270. Not surprisingly, only solid blue states have passed this.
February 28, 2019 at 9:05 PM #30987bazukhovParticipant
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Americans dreaded democracy and contrived their constitution against it.” Lord Acton
See the Electoral College and Senate for examples.
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February 28, 2019 at 10:25 PM #31032doh1304Participant
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The devil can quote scripture and a racist can misinterpret facts. Game Meat got it right, if you don’t like the electoral college that’s just because you don’t like having to support policies that benefit everyone.
The electoral college was written to defend the rights of political minorities from a majority that happened to have its own particular interest. Just because it worked in 2016 (but you don’t like how) (and you refuse to admit that 2000 was a coup, you’d rather punch down because it’s easier to support corruption than to fight it) doesn’t mean we should throw it out. We should take our lumps, be thankful the EC saved us from the Kill Crazy Lovecraftian Horror, and prevent the corruptocrats from stealing the primary next time.
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